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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Show Review: Tibi Fall 2009

Last night at Tibi, the Disco era met Moscow, as Amy Smilvoc's fall offerings came from Russia with love, and included a few references to late '70s/early '80s Halston.
Lively prints with elements of Russian folk patterns and dramatic fur Cossack hats peppered the ensembles, which didn't much deviate from Tibi's usual modern-femme sensiblity.
Smilovic continues to be influenced by her travels abroad (for the Spring '09 collection, it was Hong Kong), which is fitting for the target Tibi customer: jet-setting socialista.
My absolute favorite piece of the line was a sunshine-yellow frock with split shoulders and intricate jet beading (above, far right). The fur muffs were a bit of a costumey touch, as I felt the dresses stood out well enough on their own.
Sweetheart necklines and black trousers in varying silhouettes also made an appearance.
I'm usually pleasantly pleased with Tibi and this time was no exception. While the clothes weren't groundbreaking, there's a consistent stylishness about their designs that solidifies their place as a solid contemporary mainstay.